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January 18, 2013

Bounce Passses: Generals on the up and up

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The intensity and new system has paid off as senior captain Cassandra Fibbe is one of the area’s leading scorers, averaging 12.3 points per game.

In reality, every girl on the team contributes in some way, whether it be scoring, rebounding or creating turnovers — each girl has their own role.

“The great thing about our team is the fact that every girl understands they can be a leader in different ways,” added DeMarco. “We win and lose as a team and they don’t care who scores the points. We’ve had a number of different high scorers and in every game the scoring is spread out between the players on the team.”

The girls don’t just go their separate ways after practice, either, and have developed a close bond over the past few weeks.

DeMarco said the girls have turned into hoop fanatics like their coaches.

“When we have an early practice the girls try to get out and see a game after,” said DeMarco. “The best part is that we don’t even ask them to go out to see games. They do it on their own. The coaches and I love to see them excited about basketball and excited about being part of a team.”

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Ipswich is hitting the road this weekend and will travel to Brooklyn, N.Y. to take part in the Rose Classic Super Jam, an invitation only tournament. Other Eastern Mass. schools such as Cardinal Spellman and Archbishop Williams are also going.

“The girls are really looking forward to it,” said Ipswich head coach Mandy Zegarowski. “It will be good for us and it’s nice to travel as a team.”

The Tigers will play two games over the weekend, one on each day. Both games will count towards their regular season, as the tournament has been approved by the MIAA.

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